A traditional limestone farmhouse, nestled in the Burren Hills down a narrow gravel drive. With vaulted ceilings & lovely views from the back door, the house offers simple yet luxy comfort in a rural setting. Close to all the outdoor activities and sites of the Burren with easy access to Galway, Shannon Airport, the cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands & Connemara. Can be booked with it's neighbouring cottage and/or Deelin Mór Lodge.
The 'Long Cottage' offers Self-Catering Accommodation in a 300 year old limestone cottage that is simply and sensitively decorated to retain the feel of a traditional Irish Farmhouse. It's vaulted ceilings create a sense of light and space and the half doors bring in light, air and views on nice days.
This cluster of small cottages and outbuildings, though unusual in modern construction, offers a peek into Ireland's cultural history which is still visible today. Though the houses are now larger and further apart, growing families continue to stay together, building new houses next to old ones or in the same village making family names synonymous with certain areas. The Long & Tall Cottages at Poulphouca were inhabited until the latter half of the 20th Century by the local families who continue to live in the valley.
Despite it's proximity to its neighbour, the Long Cottage offers privacy from guests in the other cottage. The cottages are situated at right angles so that there are no lines of sight from one cottage into the other. Both cottages have open space behind them for their guests to relax in, out of view from the other cottage.
The Long Cottage is traditionally laid out with a large central room with a front and back door. The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen located either side. This central room is your area to relax, eat and play games and opens out onto a flagstoned patio and garden. It has an open fire, a hearth rug, a large and small sofa and a table and five chairs. As well as a welcome file full of things to do and see, there are books, maps and games and a Bluetooth speaker for your use.
There is a staircase up to the attic bedroom which has a single bed, chest of drawers, bedside table and lamp plus blackout blind. (n.b this is not suitable for toddlers or very young children as it is both steep and narrow).
To the left is the small kitchen, well equipped with everything you need to cook a proper meal and stocked with some salt, pepper, herbs, a bit of sugar and some tea bags and (usually) coffee to get you started. We also supply washing up liquid. As with all our cottages, if you find you are missing something that requires an otherwise unnecessary trip to the shop, we may well be able to help so please don't hesitate to ask. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge with ice compartment, a gas hob and electric oven as well as a double sink.
The bathroom is very functional with a good shower, bath mat plus sticky mat for standing on in the bath if required. Hot water is supplied by a combi boiler so that you never run out. We supply one large bath towel, hand towel and flannel per person. These are for use in the house only - please bring your own beach towels if you require them.
To the right is the master bedroom which takes up the width of the house and again has a vaulted ceiling. The very comfortable superking bed has all natural pillows and duvet with high quality cotton bedlinen and a beautiful handmade headboard and valance. The room can be made up as a twin or superking sized double. There is a chest of drawers and hooks and hangers for your clothes and a trunk where you can put your cases. The small fireplace is no longer in use. Both windows have wooden shutters for privacy and to block out most of the light.
We do not supply breakfast as this is self catering accommodation. Instead we supply a number of amenities that can only be bought in bulk - sufficient for a shorter stay, and to get you started if you are staying for a longer period. These include: firelighters, washing up liquid, salt, pepper, sugar, dried herbs, olive oil, tea and coffee.
Peat briquettes for the fire are available from shops and petrol stations in all local villages, including Daly's Pub in Bell Harbour (closest and the Guinness is good too!). The fire is not suitable for coal and we ask that you do not use Wood to prevent damage from sparks.
The Long Cottage is in the middle of the Burren, surrounded by countryside. It is 2 miles from the nearest village and 4 miles from the nearest small shop (Daly's Pub, where you can get basics like milk, bread, sausages, briquettes and seasonal vegetables grown by locally their daughter). On the way to the cottage you will pass through either Corofin, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan or Kilfenora. We are 15-20 mins from these villages, all of which have small supermarkets or shops where you can get provisions for the house. There are also a variety of local food producers if you are staying longer and wish to buy local food.
The Burren has only recently begun to be widely recognised as a very special place. Unique in Ireland, this astounding landscape not only holds some of the earliest evidence of human habitation of Ireland, but it is a miracle of nature and a botanist's heaven containing an unheard of mix of plants from geographically distinct areas of the world. April and May bring the gentians and early purple orchids. By June the Burren is blooming with wild flowers including many rare species. The centre of the Burren National Park, which boats a huge percentage of these plants and flowers, is just a short drive away at Mullagh Mor, but species can also be seen by walking in the immediate area. We also regularly see innumerable butterflies & moths, pheasants, foxes, badgers, hares and birds including a falcon which nests near the cottages. The self guided loop walks expand your experience of the Burren and offer chances to see castle and fort ruins, dolmens, portal tombs, deserted villages and ancient churches, connecting you to the human history of the Burren.
In addition the area offers a huge variety of outdoor activities from surf and water sports to hiking, cycling & riding, all in a spectacular landscape with ever changing skies and mountain hues.
To top it all, our farm lies between two of the most popular visitor centres in the area - the Burren Perfumery and Hazel Mountain Chocolates.
Finally, once you've seen everything that the Burren has to offer, there are the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Day trips to Connemara and the River Shannon are also very easy from this location. Galway and Limerick are both under and hour away and Shannon airport is 45 mins away.
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